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Kentucky Derby, 1998

Posted on January 25, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

Jockey Kent Desormeaux came up out of the saddle and blew a kiss on May 2, 1998, after Real Quiet crossed the finish line to win the 124th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville. It was Desormeaux’s first of three Derby winners (2000 on Fusaichi Pegasus and 2008 on Big Brown). Trained by Bob Baffert, the bay colt next won the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes. Real Quiet came up a nose short of becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 20 years. His loss in the third leg, the Belmont Stakes, was the smallest margin of defeat ever, at only four inches. The 2018 Kentucky Derby is 100 days away. Photo by David Coyle

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